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Oct 30, 2007 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

New Literature from Europe: Europeans Behaving Badly

Reading and Discussion. October 30, 6:30pm, Instituto Cervantes, 211 E. 49th Street, New York

New Literature from Europe: Europeans Behaving Badly

Reading and Discussion
October 30, 6:30pm
Instituto Cervantes
211 E. 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

Free, but RSVP requested
212-308-7720, ext. 119


What exactly constitutes bad behavior? Judging from a recent New York Times Book Review, with its slate of "Bad for You" titles, in this country it’s the usual suspects – sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, with smoking and anorexia latecomers to the lineup.

But it’s a big world and "bad" is a relative term. Or is it?

Most Americans don’t give much thought to "Old Europe’s" errant ways, but this year’s New Literature from Europe delves deeply into bad behavior – between the covers of a book, that is. Following examples set by writers such as Michel Houellebecq and Elfriede Jelinek, authors from Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the Czech Republic will offer a refreshing alternative to our view of a Europe dominated by order, cleanliness and affable shopkeepers.

Authors Raul Zelik (Germany), Alessandro Piperno (Italy), Javier Calvo (Spain), Jaroslav Rudiš (Czech Republic), and Stéphane Audeguy (France) read from their works, accompanied by readings in English. The authors will then speak with Michael Moore, chair of the PEN American Center’s Translation Committee, about just how bad things are.

Now in its fourth year, New Literature from Europe is a joint event organized by the Goethe-Institut New York, the Instituto Cervantes, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Czech Center New York and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


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Oct 30, 2007 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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